Save the Forested Buffer in the Wheaton Sector Plan


Sligo Creek, a tributary of the Anacostia River

Today AWS is calling on Montgomery County Council to save the last remaining forested area in the Wheaton Sector Plan.  This green forested buffer contains remnant streams and headwater catchments that drain to Sligo Creek (of Northwest Branch of the Anacostia) and to Lower Rock Creek.  Mapping, protecting, and expanding existing green forest buffers is one of the most important first steps we can take in any watershed restoration program.  The Council did the right thing by making watershed restoration a core objective of the sector plan, but now they must finish the job by enacting specific protections for the forest buffer around Wheaton mall.

Wheaton Sector Plan: Preserve and Expand the Green Forest Buffer

CB-15: A good compromise for clean water?

On June 20, the Prince George's County Council's THE committee approved a set of modest improvements to CB-15, the stormwater management bill.  Don't believe what you are hearing from County Executive Baker and certain council members that this a "good compromise."

ACTION ALERT: Call and write NOW to support the bag bill

It was only a matter of time before industry flexed its financial muscle to defend their polluting plastic bags.  Yesterday bag bill opponents swamped the Maryland House of Delegates with computerized "patch through" calls that connect constituents directly to their legislators. This is likely funded by industry so who knows what they are telling constituents before they connect them with legislators.  Last year the American Chemistry Council (plastics lobbying group) and manufacturer Hilex spent an estimated $2 Million to defeat the California bag bill.  Now someone is waving money around Maryland to defeat a public policy that we have seen work well in DC.


They should be catching fish, not plastic bags!

AWS Action Alert: Ask legislators to pass MD bag bill out of committee

Last week we had excellent hearings on the Maryland bag bill in both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly.

Trash Free Maryland alliance members and other proponents had a wealth of information on our side:

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